Bipartisan Bill to Sell Bunker-Busting Bombs to Israel

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Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a Democrat from New Jersey, and Rep. Brian Mast, a Republican from Florida, will most likely introduce a bill on Friday that would make the Department of Defense sell to Israel bunker-busting bombs.[1] These bombs are capable of underground facilities that would otherwise be rendered impenetrable.

The goal of this is apparently to bolster Israel’s defense against Iran in the region. Although, considering that Israel is having problems with Palestinian militants, it might not be wrong to assume that the Israelis might consider using it against their neighbors as well.

The bill, formally known as the U.S.-Israel Common Defense Authorization Act, will ensure U.S. and Israeli connections are furthered as Iran increases its nuclear enrichment program.[2] The bill will also ensure that Israel reaches a level of parity that will be capable of deterring its enemies. On the bill, Gottheimer stated, “Iran and its terrorist proxies throughout the region must never be able to threaten the U.S. or Israel with a nuclear weapon. Truly, there should be nothing partisan about our national security, nor our relationship with our ally Israel.” Also regarding the bill, Mast stated, “Congressman Gottheimer and I have worked together successfully in the past to pass the U.S.-Israel Joint Missile Defense Act, and I’m confident that this bill will be another great bipartisan step toward preventing Iranian aggression against Israel and the United States.”

How many of these bunker-busting bombs are being proposed to be sold to Israel under the bill remains to be seen. What is concerning is how much tension might this create in a region already suffering from conflict. An emboldened Iran might take this as a further step in a conspiracy to bring down its regional power. Another concern the reader may identify is that this bill is not even on the news to begin with.


[1] https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/29/us-senators-to-introduce-bill-on-sale-of-bunker-bombs-to-israel

[2] https://gottheimer.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=2249

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